Jacksonville Jaguars: 5 players that won’t probably be back in 2022

A group of Jacksonville Jaguars players go through stretching drills. (Imagn Images photo pool)
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Jacksonville Jaguars player that won’t be back No. 3 – James O’Shaughnessy

Tight end James O’Shaughnessy signed with the Jaguars in 2017 after spending the first three years of his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was set to become a free agent this offseason and it was uncertain if he was going to remain with the team due to the arrival of the new management.

In the end, the Jags brought O’Shaughnessy back on a one-year deal. Throughout the offseason, Urban Meyer praised him several times, often noting he was one of the team’s most improved players this offseason. The head coach was into something. The Illinois State product was off to a hot start in 2021, hauling in six receptions for 48 yards in the season opener.

However, O’Shaughnessy hurt his ankle against the Denver Broncos in Week2. He’s currently on the injured reserve list, and may have a hard time getting playing time whenever he returns. Jacob Hollister was inactive the first two games of the season but has seen his workload increase the last few weeks. Furthermore, Jacksonville traded for Dan Arnold just before Week 4. The former Carolina Panther become a key cog on offense right out of the gate and has established himself as the number one tight end on the depth chart.

Also, the Jags have rookie Luke Farrell and veteran Chris Manhertz, so O’Shaughnessy could become a victim of the numbers game in Jacksonville next offseason. Simply, there may no longer be a spot for the veteran in the tight end room in 2022.